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Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel [Hardcover]

S. J. Watson
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from beginning to end June 17 2011
By Slomacs
First let me say that this book is nothing like Fifty First Dates; the main point being that this is a thriller not a comedy. If you were to compare it to a movie, Momento would be a better choice. Yes, it's another story involving amnesia but it's good.

I read this book in one sitting. The premise is rather simple but the way the story unfolds is completely captivating: a woman wakes up each day unable to remember anything that's happened in the last 20 or so years. The story is her journal as she pieces together her life and dark secrets are slowly revealed. This is a gripping, entertaining and unputdownable thriller and should be the big summer blockbuster this year!!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't sleep 'til you finish it! June 20 2011
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
You might have heard about Before I Go To Sleep - the debut novel of S. J. Watson. You might have heard that it's an addicting, incredibly well crafted, finely honed suspenseful tale that will leave you turning pages long into the night.

Everything you've heard? All that and more! What an amazing debut! Rights have been sold in thirty countries already and the film rights are sold as well.

Christine wakes up early and finds herself in bed with a middle aged man. One she doesn't know and can't quite remember how she got there.

"Usually I can remember how I get into situations like this, but not today. There must have been a party, or a trip to a bar or a club. I must have been pretty wasted. Wasted enough that I don't remember anything at all. Wasted enough to have gone home with a man with a wedding ring and hairs on his back."

She creeps into the bathroom, but the hand that flushes the toilet looks wrong. And when she looks into the mirror, there's a middle aged woman looking back. That can't be her - she's twenty five, that woman is at least 45... And then the man wakes up and tells her who she is - his wife. His wife who had a bad accident that left her with head injuries and severe amnesia. She literally cannot remember anything from day to day.

"You've had amnesia for a long time. You can't retain new memories, so you 've forgotten much of what happened to you for your entire adult life. Every day you wake up as if you are a young woman. Some days you wake as if you are a child."

Ben her husband goes off to work. The phone rings and she answers it - it's a man who says he is a doctor treating her and tells her to look in her closet for her journal. And along with Christine, we read what she remembers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Be A TOP Book of 2011...Don't Miss It!!! Aug. 23 2011
By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is the first book I've read on my brand new KOBO e-reader and what a book it was!!! The mystery and suspense kept me turning page after page. The further the story went along, the faster I read and the quicker I turned the pages. This could very well be one of the TOP books for 2011.

The writing is flawless, the characters well-developed, and the story will just absolutely blow you out of the water.

I felt so bad for Christine. Imagine waking up every single morning and not knowing where you were, who the man in bed beside you was, what you were doing there etc. To have to be told anew at the beginning of each day and then lose it all again once sleep comes would be devastating at best. The ending was incredible and one I didn't expect.

This is one book that I will highly, highly recommend to EVERYONE!!! Excellent and very, very well done novel!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...but.... Nov. 8 2011
By M. LeB
This book was beautifully written. It was quite interesting to read about amnesia and how it affects the lives of the victim and his/her family. I thought the book dragged on quite a bit however, I was waiting for something to happen, and had to wait until the very end. However, SJ Watson still kept readers somewhat interested with little hints here and there of what was to come, and then toward the end, baffled us with a twist.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down Sept. 20 2011
By Jessica Strider TOP 500 REVIEWER
Pros: sympathetic protagonist, good pacing, tension builds to a strong climax

Cons: some plot twists are predictable

Every morning Christine Lucas wakes up next to a stranger: her husband, Ben. An accident has robbed her of the ability to remember the past 20 years and to retain new memories.

She quickly discovers she has been keeping secrets from Ben, in the form of Dr. Nash, a doctor trying to help her regain her memories and a diary she's been keeping for the past few weeks. A diary that has, 'DON'T TRUST BEN', scratched into the front page.

This was a quick read that pulls you in from page one. The plight of a woman who has no idea who she is, who learns things each day and then forgets everything, is gut-wrenching.

Ben is alternately a sympathetic and sinister character. Christine discovers he lies to her, but isn't sure if it's to keep her from feeling grief over the events of the past or for another purpose.

I was able to guess a few things that would happen, but the climax was strong and contained a few twists I didn't predict.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bestseller That Is Well Worth Reading Oct. 8 2014
By Amie G
Format:Kindle Edition
BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by S.J. Watson has been made into a movie which stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth and the book is an International Bestseller.

Before I decide whether or not to go see the movie, I thought I would read the book to see if it lives up to the hype.

Imagine losing your memory every time you go to sleep. (Think of Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates for a comedic take on this situation.)
However, seriously speaking, it would be horrible to wake up every morning with no memories. Just the thought of this makes me shudder and cringe. Basically, people could tell you anything and you would have to believe them. But, with no memories, who do you trust? Are they telling you the truth?

Christine wakes up in a strange bed with a man who appears to be much older than her. She is in her late twenties and thinks she must have blacked out the previous night from too much drinking. When she looks again at the man beside her, she notices he is wearing a wedding ring. She is horrified that she has blacked out a one night stand with a man who is not only much older than her, but is also married.

She stumbles to the bathroom and sees her reflection in the mirror. She is terrified. The face looking back at her is not familiar at all. It is the face of someone at least twenty years older than herself. She also notices that she is wearing a wedding ring.

She then notices pictures taped to the bathroom mirror. They are pictures of her and the man in the bed. There are captions with the pictures and they show a progression of years with herself aging before her eyes. The picture of the man is labelled "Your Husband - Ben".
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting subject matter
The book had me guessing right to the end. Makes me want to know what happens in the morning when she wakes.
Published 3 days ago by Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly great read
Gripping from beginning to end
Published 9 days ago by NickyB
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Predictable, thin story line but does hold your attention to see if you're right.
Published 22 days ago by cj
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete surprise
Someone had recommended this book to me so I downloaded it onto my Kindle. From the time that I open the book and started reading until I got to the end, there was not even a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Valerie Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, once you start reading you will continue non-stop.
I'm not a real big "reader" but I just couldn't put the book down. I couldn't stop reading as I wanted to find out more about the story, what was going to happen... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jetlamb
3.0 out of 5 stars Amateurs of psychological thriller, this book is for you!
A pure psychological thriller (which I must admit is less to my taste, especially the psychological side ...) with a fluidity in the text. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vanessa
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner!
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a page turner, a thriller. It makes you not want to put the book down.
Published 5 months ago by Merina
5.0 out of 5 stars REMember
This is an excellent, gripping, pshychological thriller that will keep you reading for 100s of pages at a time. Incredibly well worked out, and explained by the book's end. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pmac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Should get, great read, had fun reading it to my Mom, she enjoys it and so did I. not a fan of the font but whatever.
Published 6 months ago by Buyingthings
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre...topic has been tackled before and better
I read this book because of a recommendation from a girl at work. It was apparently the best book she ever read. I absolutely HAD to read it. I would love it. Read more
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